Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Nigeria U23 vs Germany U23: Dream Team VI seek final ticket against free-scoring Europeans

Nigeria U23 vs Germany U23: Dream Team VI seek final ticket against free-scoring Europeans
Samson Siasia's team must step up their game if they hope to beat Horst Hrubesch's side for the Rio Olympics final ticket
Nigeria’s quest for Olympics football gold takes centre stage on Wednesday when they take on Germany at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.
Samson Siasia’s men have been impressive in the tournament with three wins and one defeat, but they face their toughest task yet against their German opponents.
Led by mercurial John Mikel Obi, Dream Team VI are in good shape going into the fixture, although there are lingering doubts over the fitness of Oghenekaro Etebo.
Germany for their part are in a rich vein of goalscoring form, having found the back of the net a whopping 19 times in four games including the 10-0 drubbing of minnows Fiji.
Horst Hrubesch's side boast of a fearsome attacking unit consisting of captain Max Meyer, Julian Brandt and the competition’s leading scorers in Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry and Cologne’s Nils Petersen with six and five goals respectively.
Nigeria can, however, look to exploit a German defence that shipped in five goals in its opening two games, although goalkeeper Timo Horn and a defence marshalled by Borussia Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter has since steadied itself to keep two clean sheets in their last two games.
Siasia must also tighten his backline as first choice centre-half Azubuike Okechukwu is unavailable for selection owing to card offences.
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